Those are really nice. I like how you left the knots in them, rather than using clean wood.Here's a pic of some Venezuelan Rosewood. It's beuatiful, hard, and dense. Perfect for grips. Nice reddish brown color as well (not that you can tell from my horrible photography skills). Another beuatiful wood.
Do you have a problem with the madrone eating your tools? Madrone is a beautiful wood, but it can be hard to come by and it's especially prized for firewood.Todays pics are of a set of Madrone Burl with a "tactical pattern" stippling. This color is kind of intriguing. Not really red, but not really orange. The graining is very tight on this stuff. The burl eyes and clusters are so small and tightly packed together, that it becomes it's own graining almost. Very interesting wood.
The face of Buddha?Today's beautiful wood moment is provided by Black and White Ebony (crosscut). It took some trial and error to figure out the best way to work this wood to make sure it be stable enough for use in grips while being crosscut. Now it's no problem and I don't lose sleep over these any more.
Beautiful stuff when cut WITH the grain, the uniqueness of this wood really shines when it's crosscut. People often see faces, animals, etc in the wood. What do YOU see?
Anyway, enjoy the pics.
It's not uncommon to run into small groves of Pacific Madrone in the woods here in Northern California. When it's wet, it's heavier than anything else. It's dense and eats saw chain. Once dried and cured though, it's an incredibly dense and slightly oily wood.Matt,
I haven't worked a whole lot with it, but so far, no issues at all between Madrone and tooling. Fairly light wood shapes and tools easily. It's awfully expensive to use for firewood.